We are planning a trip in April 2007 and would like some help on tour company's has anyone used or know of these 2 companys.
PassionAsia.com they have a tour 8 days Chengdu-Ermei-Leshan-Jiuzhaigou or
hotelchinaguide.com have a tour 4 days in Lhasa we plan on using the train to get to the destinations.
Any other travel help will be gratefully accepted.
Greetings from China, we are a travel agent in Sichuan Privince in China. We have the travel route as you said 8days travel in Sichuan and 4 days travel in Lhasa. We are willing to provide service for you, such as book hotel, ticket or many other things. If you want to know more infomation about us or the travel route, please do feel free to contact me. My E-mail is neworientaltravel at yahoo dot com dot cn.
If you want to go to China, I suggest choose Chinese Travel agency, because they can help you booking hotel and air tickets get a very good price.
In China, there are many good travel agency, for example CITS and Discoverchinatours.com.
Best wish to you
I have not heard of those travel agencies. But I've never used an agency to travel. Is there a particular reason you want to book through an agency? Do you have a time constraint, or just leary of the language barrier? If your trip is simple enough you can do it yourself - it really isn't that difficult. Starting in the city you land in, you visit the local CITS office to buy train tickets to your next destination. They can also help you with finding hotel rooms. Your hotel can help arrange tours around the city you are in.
Or, you can really cut out the middle man and just go to the train station to buy your tickets - in major cities they have Eng speaking counters, and if not, you can usually be understood by pointing at a date on the calender, and pointing to the name of the city in Chinese characters (do bring a guide book that has cities and sights in Chinese characters, plus get a small phrase book that you can use to point to stuff - the Chinese find this very fun). With the upcoming Olympics, the Chinese government has done a pretty good job of getting its people in the travel industry up to speed on English - that includes taxi drivers.
Here are the best China websites that I know of - we used them a lot in our trip planning:
Now, here's another idea - there is a cool sounding (no direct experience with them) group called Intrepid Travel. Basically, it is a service that puts together groups of people who want to travel independently but don't want to hassel with getting their own tickets and reservations. They assign a local Eng speaking guide to take care of it all. It is more personal than a tour company as you are travelling just like the independent guys - getting a feel for what that is like, but without the pain of taking care of the details. They have a wealth of info on their site even if you don't go with them:
Are you set on the places you want to see? Is this your first trip to China? Just curious how you picked out what you did...